Minds out of the gutter perverts and pervettes. I am talking about in books and movies.
Closing a book where your hero achieved his goal makes you feel good. And don’t you love leaving the movie theater with a smile on your face?
But it is the shocking ending or tragic ending that is memorable.
For Whom The Bell Tolls, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Gone With The Wind, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, all classic examples of tragic (memorable) endings in literature.
At the theater who can forget these endings? American Beauty, Titanic, Schindler’s List, The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia, The Green Mile, and the list goes on and on.
Even science fiction has had its share of sad endings. 1984 and the original Planet of the Apes are two examples.
Want to write something unforgettable – you guessed it. Tragic ending.
So, which do you prefer?
Do you like happy endings?